Weekend Project: Painting our Sideboard!

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We were extremely lucky to get all sorts of hand-me-down furniture when we bought our house. Our entire basement is furnished with pieces from Adam’s parents: a couch and loveseat, coffee table and end table, and an entertainment unit – not to mention the surround sound speaker system and a 32″ TV. On the main level we have a beautiful table and chairs (seats 6 to 10 depending on number of leaves) that is perfect for our many dinner parities from Adam’s aunt & uncle, and a sideboard to store our fine china and other dining room necessities from Adam’s parents. We’d have a pretty empty house (or empty wallets) if it weren’t for their generousity.

That said, hand-me-down furniture sometimes means you get pieces that don’t quite suit your tastes or the look you’re going for in a room. Our basement couches were an easy fix: we covered them up with nice solid brown slip covers which better goes with our blue walls. The sideboard has been a project on our “to do” list for ages… we just weren’t quite sure what we wanted to do. It’s a really great piece – very well made and great quality wood. But it was a very dark piece: 

The "before" picture.

The "before" picture. Missing one door.

And we always felt like it made the whole room feel a bit dark as a result. We knew we wanted it to look different, but went back and forth on what exactly we wanted to do.

Months ago (I’m talking probably January) we decided that we needed to book a weekend to just do it. We’d have to have decisions made by then and book the time to do it. That was this weekend. We decided the easiest thing to do was to just paint the whole thing. Last week we spent a bit of time at Lowe’s looking at paint samples and talking to the people in the paint department. We brought a door for them to see and got advice. Luckily all we needed to do was paint the whole thing with a multi-purpose primer to start… we were worried we were going to have to sand the whole thing down.

We painted it a nice olive-toned green. It turned out a bit lighter than I’d expected (I guess the glossy paint makes it appear a bit lighter), but I like! It really brightens up the room:

 

The "after" photo. It's still missing handles for the drawers - we bought the wrong size. I'll replace it with an updated photo as soon as those get added.

The "after" photo. It's still missing handles for the drawers - we bought the wrong size. I'll replace it with an updated photo as soon as those get added.

The room really has a much brighter and more colourful feel now.

Now to find a few accessory pieces and a rug for the living room, and I dare say the main level of our house is “done.”

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2 Responses to “Weekend Project: Painting our Sideboard!”

  1. Amber Says:

    Looks Great! We have to do something similar to ours. Lee Valley on King St. W. has a great selection of handles, and if your sideboard is fairly old, it’s a great place to find 2 and a half inch handles (the old ones have smaller pulls) if that’s what you’re looking for (the new standard is 3″). Otherwise, they have loads of awesome knob handles.

  2. Cari Miller Says:

    Thanks for the tip on the handles. We’re going to at least go back to Lowe’s tomorrow to return the wrong ones and see if they have the old standard – but if not, we may well trek out to Lee Valley!

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